Thursday, July 9, 2009

NC State To Play In Glenn Wilkes Classic

As many of you might already know, NC State will be playing in the Glenn Wilkes Classic on November 20-22. This is the third year of the GWC and it will be held in the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, which happens to be the biggest venue to date. Prior to the three-day event down in Daytona Beach each team will play a on-campus game which will act as the first round of the Classic.

The Pack's first game against Georgia State will definitely not be their toughest draw of the Classic. Georgia State finished with an overall record of 12-20 last season, and finished 8th in the CAA with an 8-10 conference record. The Panthers do return their 2 leading scorers Joe Dukes (12.8) and Trae Goldston (10.8).

On Friday, November 20th, the Pack will play their first game in the Ocean Center against Akron at 3:30pm. Last season Akron finished the season with an overall record of 23-13. Akron entered the MAC conference tournament as the #5 seed, but they walked away with the conference championship and the automatic NCAA tournament bid after defeating Buffalo 65-53 in the conference championship game. Brett McNight, the Zips leading scorer from last season, returns after a solid sophomore campaign, averaging 11.2ppg.

The Wolfpack will turn around and play Austin Peay on Saturday night at 8:15. Austin Peay finished the season with a 19-14 record and rising senior Wes Channels will be a force this season, after averaging 16.5ppg as a junior.

NC State vs. Auburn will be the headline game of the Classic on Sunday night at 8:15pm. The Tigers are a team on the rise. After a 20+ win season last year (24-12), a solid showing in the NIT and a decent recruiting class, the Auburn Tigers are looking to make some noise.

All games will be played at the Ocean Center, situated on Atlantic Avenue across the street from the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The Hilton sits right on the “World’s Most Famous Beach” and serves as the tournament host hotel. Tickets for the event are $25.00 per day or $60.00 for an all-tournament pass (plus applicable fees). To purchase tickets please callTicketMaster at 407-839-3900 or visit

For further information on tickets call the Ocean Center box office at 386-254-4545. For further information on the Glenn Wilkes Classic please contact the tournament organizer Sport Tours International at 414-228-7337 or visit

FIRST ROUND (Campus Sites)
Georgia State @ NC State

Friday, Nov. 13
Niagara @ Auburn

Saturday, Nov. 14
IUPUI @ Drake

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Austin Peay @ Akron

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Howard @ UCF

Friday, Nov. 20 (Ocean Center)
11 am Howard v Niagara
1:15 pm Georgia State v Drake
3:30 pm Akron v NC State
6:00 pm Auburn v UCF
8:15 pm IUPUI v Austin Peay

Saturday, Nov. 21 (Ocean Center)
11 am Georgia State v Howard
1:15 pm Drake v Akron
3:30 pm Niagara v UCF
6:00 pm Auburn v IUPUI
8:15 pm NC State v Austin Peay

Sunday, Nov. 22 (Ocean Center)
11 am Akron v Howard
1:15 pm IUPUI v Georgia State
3:30 pm UCF v Drake
6:00 pm Austin Peay v Niagara
8:15 pm NC State v Auburn

This is a great opportunity for this young team to come together and gain some confidence and experience in a hurry.


8 Responses to "NC State To Play In Glenn Wilkes Classic"
  1. Anonymous said...
    July 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Uh Oh!

    Didn't Marques Johnson transfer to Georgia State. I wonder if he is still on the roster. He might want to give Javi some pay back.


  2. Anonymous said...
    July 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Wow. I really hope we win this tourney or this could get embarrassing

  3. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    ^Johnson redshirted last year at Georgia St. He will be a redshirt Junior with them this year.

  4. Realwolfpacker said...
    July 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    There is no way to "win" this tourney b/c it isn't a "win and advance" tourney. Either way, should be good experience for the young guys to get their feet wet.

  5. Corey said...
    July 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    The winner of the tournament is the team with the best record after playing every team.

  6. HaveYouHuggedYourWolfToday? said...
    July 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    GSU ... someone seeding this classic has a sense of humor. I know the mighty GSU/NCSU matchup won't be on television, but if Johnson takes NCSU's point guards to school, Lowe's face may turn the color of his big red blazer.

    Never mind that!

    My question is: Will this "classic" count as a tournament for the NCAA regs? (Something like you can only go to 2 every 4 years.)

    If it does, I don't know that this box of cupcakes is a good idea. I think it is, as a confidence builder for a very young team. But they could get a much better invite next year to a higher profile tournament with better competition and hit the NCAA limitation.

  7. Anonymous said...
    July 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    So there can be more than one winner of the "classic". There are 10 teams so everyone doesn't play everyone else and it's not win and advance. Strange format.

  8. TheUNCFan said...
    July 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Hello Wolfpack nation... just checking in over the summer because nothing is going on in basketball anywhere and I wanted to see what Coach Lowe had up his sleeve.

    Lowe is doing the right thing by playing in a tournament, any tournament, with a young team. They need experience, especially road experience. Just getting into the rhythm of travel, NCSU style, will be huge for 6 freshmen. Knowing where to be and how to handle it.

    If you guys are bored and want some fun, go to the GSU web site and check out Louis Henry, their computer science instructor. He is a trip. His Java presentation has methods like gitDown() and gitFunky(). I can't imagine what his class would be like. I wish there was online video!


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